The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in central Bandar Sera Begawan.

Travel Theme: Center

In Bandar Seri Begawan, the small captial city of Brunei Darusalam, the whole place is centered on and built around the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.  This mosque serves as the religious symbol of the country and one of its most recognizable landmarks.  Its central dome is immediately noticeable from almost anywhere in the city. …

". . . Vesali, a city which its own king claimed to mock the city of the gods: that “well-preserved” city wall buried in the dirt."

Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve never heard of before, particularly when it is older than the one you’re already in,…

ephemeral-challenge

Ephemeral

Normally, I don’t like taking photographs of people.  It’s awkward when they notice you viewing them quickly from the outside, and even more so when you go up and attempt asking permission to take pictures of them. Somewhere in between those two, though, are those accidental photos of people passing by, unintentional as they might…

chongqing-peoples-hall-title

The Chongqing Days: People’s Great Hall, People’s Spitting Ground

The act of spitting is commonplace in China. Easily within your first 24 hours anywhere in the country, you’ll hear the noise of someone loudly collecting every drop of available moisture in their mouth and throat before forcibly expelling it onto some nearby surface. It’s enough of a problem that signs prohibiting the action need…

jialing-park-title

The Chongqing Days: Jialing Park and its Oddly Deep Mistranslated Signs

Green space is an uncommon sight inside the city of Chongqing.  Despite being a city built on rocky and hilly terrain, it has adapted with stairs up cliffs, 13-storey pedestrian walkways, and tunnels everywhere.  With all this odd construction in unconventional places, what few parks and gardens do exist tend to be manmade afterthoughts added…

DSC01450

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Outside of a bar on my first night in Chongqing out with coworkers, we found a strange anthropomorphic cat who seemed down and out.  Whether he was depressed or simply had too many, he wouldn’t say.  Still, it appeared he needed some consoling. So, we took turns trying to comfort him.  Sorry to say, he…